Multi-Grammy-award winning musician Ry Cooder has been composing, arranging and playing atmospheric guitar on film soundtracks for over 30 years.
After Cooder worked on soundtracks for Watermelon Man and Performance (starring Mick Jagger), he began producing soundtracks on his own.
He started in 1980 with The Long Riders, the first of many soundtracks that Cooder would record for the film’s director, Walter Hill. Many of them are included in this set, including Crossroads, Johnny Handsome, Trespass, and Blue City, a film Hill produced.
Next month Rhino will release a retrospective boxed set with seven CDs that focus on Cooder’s work in the Eighties and early Nineties.
These include his soundtracks for The Long Riders, Alamo Bay, Paris, Texas, Blue City, Crossroads, Johnny Handsome and Trespass. The Wim Wenders-directed Paris, Texas won the prestigious Palme d’Or in 1984 at the Cannes Film Festival.
Interestingly, the group of musicians performing on these soundtracks has remained consistent through the years. Some combination of drummer Jim Keltner, Memphis legend Jim Dickinson, guitarist David Lindley, and composer Van Dyke Parks can be heard on every soundtrack.
David Hidalgo of Los Lobos can be heard on Alamo Bay, keyboardist Benmont Tench of the Heartbreakers on Blue City, and harmonica player Sonny Terry on Crossroads.
Ry Cooder: Soundtracks will be available on Friday September 26. A digital version will also be available.